This is a one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine. Three positions are available per year. Eligible trainees include physicians who have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in the United States or RCPSC-accredited residency program in Canada in one of the following specialties: Neurology or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. All International Medical Graduates must have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate in order to apply to our program.
The Neuromuscular Section of the Department of Neurology includes nine full-time staff physicians. Annually, we see over 400 inpatients and over 3,000 outpatients with neuromuscular diseases, and perform over 3,000 EMG studies. The Neuromuscular Section also operates an autonomic disorders laboratory (tilt table, valsalva, QSART, thermoregulatory sweat testing), histopathology laboratory for epidermal nerve fiber analysis, neuromuscular ultrasound laboratory, and skin, nerve and muscle biopsy services.
The program begins with a one-month didactic lecture series, covering basic clinical neurophysiology, EMG, NCS, neuromuscular anatomy, clinical disorders, and neuromuscular histopathology. Thereafter, 50% of the time is spent in clinical neuromuscular disease activities (adult and pediatric neuromuscular clinics, ALS clinic, myopathy clinic, inpatient and critical care neuromuscular consultations), and 30-40% of the time is spent in the EMG Laboratory. Fellows will also rotate through the multidisciplinary MDA clinic at Metro Health hospital. The remaining time is dedicated to nerve and muscle pathology and research. Additional opportunities include nerve, muscle, and skin biopsy techniques, interpretation of epidermal nerve fiber morphology, autonomic studies, QSART, QST, thermoregulatory sweat testing, single fiber electromyography, botulinum injections, and nerve and muscle ultrasonography. Trainees can expect to perform 500 EMG studies during their year of fellowship, including the whole spectrum of neuromuscular disease. In the clinics, fellows develop competency in the assessment and management of neuromuscular disorders. Fellows rotate through a multidisciplinary ALS clinic on the Cleveland Clinic main campus as well as the MDA clinic at Metro Hospital.
A number of conferences occur throughout the year, including Neurology Grand Rounds, EMG case conference, nerve and muscle biopsy review conference, Neuromuscular Case Conference, and journal club. Fellows participate in the preparation and presentation of neuromuscular CPCs and neuromuscular seminars. Fellows are encouraged to pick among many available research topics, and work with a staff mentor to complete the project.
Interested candidates can apply for a fellowship position by submitting the following documentation:
- Fellowship Application
- Personal Statement
- Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean's Letter
- At least two letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting
- USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
- Medical School Diploma
- Certified copy of your currently valid ECFMG certificate (applicable for International Medical Graduates only)
Outstanding patient care, education of those who serve and research are the three goals the Department of Neurology strives to achieve. As a part of that overall commitment to education, below are the recognized current neurology fellows who value the importance of providing the highest quality of medical care.
2017-2018 Clinical Fellows
Zarmeneh Aly, MD
Medical School: Aga Khan Medical College, Pakistan
Internship: Internal Medicine, Metrowest Medical Center
Residency: Neurology, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, New York
Fellowship: Neuro-Oncology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
Rejo Cherian, MD
Medical School: Ross University, Dominica
Residency: Neurology, Cleveland Clinic
Kamal Shouman, MD
Medical School: University of Tichreen, Syria
Residency: Neurology, Detroit Medical Center
Omer Suhaib, MD
Medical School: Rawalpindi Medical School, Pakistan
Residency: Neurology, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma